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Published on February 08, 2013

UHS Delaware Valley Hospital names new president/CEO

Dru Cavanagh, BSN, RN, has been appointed to the permanent position of President and Chief Executive Officer.  UHS Executive Vice President/Chief Medical Officer Rajesh Davé, MD, made the announcement after a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. 

Ms. Cavanagh has been serving as interim president since last May, when David Polge retired.  Dr. Davé stated, “…we have all been impressed with her abilities, knowledge and leadership skills.” He stated that Ms. Cavanagh also would continue to serve the UHS system as Vice President for Patient Services at UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital, a position she has held since November of 2009.

The new President/CEO is known to be an outstanding professional with a passion for quality and a dedication to caring for people.  She has an extensive background in emergency, medical/surgical and transitional care as well as in hospital administration. 

Ms. Cavanagh was a member of the nursing and management teams at UHS in Binghamton for five years before assuming the role of Vice President/Chief Nurse Manager at UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital.

She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Niagara University in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and worked for 20 years in both hospital and home care nursing settings for the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center and nine other health care organizations in the Los Angeles area.  For several years she held the post of chief operating officer of Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol in northern California. She currently is pursuing a master’s degree in healthcare management.

Her appointment as President/CEO of UHS Delaware Valley Hospital is an important part of UHS’s ongoing efforts to ensure quality leadership and effective management of all of patient services, to provide an exceptional patient experience and to maintain health care practices that meet the highest clinical standards throughout the UHS organization.

UHS Delaware Valley Hospital is a 25-bed facility based in Walton and offering diagnostic and treatment services, acute care and 24-hour emergency care.  The hospital is a member of UHS, a locally-owned, not-for-profit, 916-bed hospital and health care system serving the greater Binghamton area from more than 60 locations around New York's Southern Tier.


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